Jesse Mills, PhD

Jesse Mills
Phone: (619) 260-7740
Office: Maher Hall 204

Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies

  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego; Ethnic Studies (2008)
  • M.A., University of California, San Diego; Ethnic Studies (2004)
  • M.A., University of California, Los Angeles; Afro-American Studies (1999)
  • B.A., Sonoma State University, Philosophy (1995)

Jesse Mills, PhD, has been an active and dedicated member of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty since Fall 2006 . Developing an African American Studies curriculum, serving as a resource for campus-wide diversity efforts, and mentoring advanced undergraduate research in ethnic studies, Mills enjoys being a part of the USD learning community. Mills draws his inspiration from his esteemed colleagues in the Ethnic Studies core and affiliated faculty, and the College of Arts and Sciences as a whole.

Areas of Expertise

African American Studies

Areas of Interest

Mills teaches introductory and advanced courses in comparative ethnic studies and African American studies. His courses emphasize interdisciplinary inquiry in cultural studies, ethnography, and historiography centered on community service learning and participatory action research methodologies. His upper division seminars include African American Civil Rights, African American Music and Culture, African American Panethnicity, Ethnicity and Cinema, Race and Performance, Comparative Immigration, and “Triangle of Emancipation: The Black Freedom Struggle in Global Perspective” (co-taught with Tom Reifer, Sociology).